Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Bottom Line: While 20% of women from this study had severe disease (e.g. declining respiratory function, admission to ICU, or both), there were no deaths observed in these patients. In additions, factors such as Body Mass Index (BMI), respiratory rate, and heart rate were associated with severe disease. Reference: Valeria, SM. et al. Clinical Findings and [...]

Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone Inhibitors and Susceptibility to and Severity of COVID-19

Bottom Line: Contrary to initial beliefs, use of ACEIs and ARBs is not associated with increased susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection or increased severity of COVID-19. Reference: Curfman, G. Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone Inhibitors and Susceptibility to and Severity of COVID-19. JAMA (2020). DOI:10.1001/jama.2020.11401 Date Published: 19 June 2020 Synopsis: To enter a human cell, SARS-CoV-2 uses its spike protein and two [...]

What are the current WHO guidelines on masks during COVID-19?

Bottom Line: The WHO advises that governments should apply a risk-based approach when encouraging the general public to wear masks in specific situations and settings as part of a comprehensive approach to curb COVID-19 transmission. Reference: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19. World Health Organization (2020). https://apps.who.int/iris/rest/bitstreams/1279750/retrieve Date Published: 5 June [...]

Are there racial and ethnic differences in COVID-19 outcomes?

Bottom Line: Differences in in-hospital mortality to COVID-19 between white and black patients reflect racial differences in the types of jobs with increased risk of community exposure, socioeconomic status, prevalence of chronic conditions, and characteristics of initial clinical presentation . Reference: Price-Haywood, E.G. et al. Hospitalization and Mortality among Black Patients and White Patients with [...]

Alberta minister says it’s a ‘great time’ to build a pipeline because COVID-19 restrictions limit protests against them

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s energy minister, Sonya Savage, made the following comment last week on a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors: “Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people. Let’s get it built.” The opposition NDP energy critic, Irfan Sabir, has said that Ms. Savage’s comments do not come as a surprise [...] 

‘Dangerous and selfish behaviour’: Trinity Bellwoods crowds spark outrage, mayor to send more officers Sunday

Date Published: May 23, 2020 Source: The Toronto Star On Saturday, large crowds gathered at Trinity Bellwoods Park despite social distancing bylaws. As Toronto began reopening recreational areas, Mayor John Tory visited different city parks with Councillor Joe Cressy and medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa to see how people were using the public spaces and amenities [...]

Brazil becomes a global epicentre for COVID-19, as political turmoil hampers medical response

Date Published: May 23, 2020 Source: CBC WHO declared Brazil a new epicentre of COVID-19 this week as its case count surpassed 330,000 and overtook the UK. Policy experts and healthcare workers worry the country’s leaders are too dismissive of coronavirus and won’t make changes needed to relieve strain on the healthcare system [...]

Liberals propose more COVID-19 sittings, summer sessions in new motion

Date Published: May 23, 2020 Source: CBC A motion to be debated in the House of Commons on Monday proposes that Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19 meet for an additional day each week, on top of three existing sessions per week. This would involve a limited number of MPs convening in the House of Commons alongside members outside Ottawa, who would join via videoconference [...]